How To Teach Your Child To Do Chores

How To Teach Your Child To Do Chores

The 30 Day Chore Challenge will help you get your feet wet in the Freaky Mom promoting-good-behavior department. When kids and teens have responsibilities and moms use the responsibilities as tools for the kids to earn privileges, better behavior is the result!!
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How I Planned Ahead For The Next Time My Teenager Acts Entitled

How I Planned Ahead For The Next Time My Teenager Acts Entitled

Here's a practical worksheet for behavior problems. I just put it to the test and it worked. It makes you think through your child's behavior, identify the problems with behavior and with the way you normally handle it. Then, it works you through to a solution! I loved it! (I better...because I created it!)
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3 Most Important Steps To Communicate With Your Teen

3 Most Important Steps To Communicate With Your Teen

My heart broke. Into a hundred mashed up pieces. Because of my 14 year old. He went on the band trip. You read about that already. Remember, I was SOOOOOOOO proud of him for earning $300 of the $400 to pay for the trip? Well, on the day he left, we also gave him $100 food money, Herbert gave him $40 extra spending money, Gramp and Grammy gave him $100 birthday money.
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6 Steps to Survive (temporary) Empty Nest Syndrome

6 Steps to Survive (temporary) Empty Nest Syndrome

I had an empty nest...for five days. At 14, when Diego left for San Antonio on the band trip...for (only) FIVE DAYS...I didn't expect my reaction.  Now...let me back up a second.  He worked his tail off to earn the money to go, kept his grades up, thought through what...

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9 Road Trip Safety Tips (from a #bombcyclone survivor)

9 Road Trip Safety Tips (from a #bombcyclone survivor)

My friend Debi and her dog Shine survived 9 hours in her car trapped on Colorado's I-25 in the 100 mph winds, freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions in the 2019 Bomb Cyclone that hit much of the country.  She had some important emergency preparedness items in...

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How To Give Consequences That Work. Period.

How To Give Consequences That Work. Period.

If you're like most busy, active, work-at-home or work-away-from-home moms, you are overwhelmed, stressed, and doing everything - but feeling guilty about not doing enough.  You are constantly looking for (but feeling out of) balance. On top of ALL that, you want your...

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How To Limit Fortnite

How To Limit Fortnite

  Moms vs. Fortnite.  The Universal Struggle, and I mean Universal!   When we were in El Salvador visiting family over Christmas, guess what?  Kids there are addicted too!   So, what's a Mom to do?  Zillions of kids in the world come home after school...

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What’s A Freaky Mom?

What’s A Freaky Mom?

Before we moved from the big city, my kids had been in the same Elementary School their whole lives. I knew their friends. I knew their friends' parents. I knew where their friends lived. When we moved to our small town however, I didn’t know any of the friends, the...

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How To Stop Your Child From Begging (In The Grocery Store)

How To Stop Your Child From Begging (In The Grocery Store)

Dear Freaky Mom, Do you dread going to the grocery store because you know that your son will ask you for something in every aisle?   Do you dread going to the store with him because he begs for Skittles every time you’re in the check out line?   Do you wish you could...

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How To Raise A Well Behaved Child

How To Raise A Well Behaved Child

  Say No. - Freaky Mom Do not back down. Do not purchase anything they beg or whine for. Do not spoil them. Teach them to and expect them to pay for extra things they want. Give strong consequences for bad behavior and follow through. Teach them to say thank you....

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Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

"I am like the inventor...who knows nothing about wheels." Lindsey Aparicio I am inventing the wheel. That's what it feels like. I am the builder of this website. It is like the wheel. I am like the inventor. Who knows nothing about wheels. I will be bald by the end...

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Epic Fail

Epic Fail

My wardrobe of choice these days includes two types of shirts:  My Work Shirts and My Freaky Mom Shirts. Because I do both jobs on most days...Day Job and Freaky Mom Job...I need to wear both shirts.  I have come up with a simple solution.  On any given day, I wear...

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My Obituary

No, I’m not dead, don’t worry. But I went to a funeral yesterday and it made me consider what my obituary will say when I’m gone. It’s like the ultimate Dream List.  The Master List of Things I Want to be Sure I Complete in My Life.  The Most Important...

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A Quick Christmas List: 9 Good Christmas Gifts

In case you still haven't finished your shopping...or, in case you haven't even started, here is the Christmas list I promised you.  You can get it all online, just click the blue words.  This is stuff I Have and Love. Before you start down the list, there...

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How I Wrote A Book In 30 Days (plus a gift idea)

How I Wrote A Book In 30 Days (plus a gift idea)

I put one foot in front of the other.  Or, one word after the other, I guess is a better way to say it.  I took the challenge from nanowrimo.org to write a novel in November.  I made a commitment to write a 50,000 word book, 1,667 words every day.  Some days I missed...

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Showering With Sandpaper

Showering With Sandpaper

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.In preparation for December,...

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Balance – How Do I Do It?

A fellow mom emailed me a while back asking how do I find balance?  She thanked me for getting back to writing, telling me she enjoys my posts and asked, with everything I do, how do I find emotional balance and when do I know to just let things go? Two years ago,...

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Shower Notes

Shower Notes

The shower is a dangerous place for me. That’s where my brain goes berserk thinking of all kinds of business ideas. I can create an entire business model in 30 seconds while shampooing my hair. I think it’s because I'm alone in there with nothing else to do while...

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Soccer Mom 101: 15 Tips For Game Day

Soccer Mom 101: 15 Tips For Game Day

What do you do when it starts pouring at the soccer game and you're hours from home?  We're deep into soccer season in my neck of the woods and a few things are coming to mind. Thing One:  How to pack the car if you're a Soccer Mom? It takes one time being soaked in...

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Which Super Star Are You?

Which Super Star Are You?

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.Why do some of us shy away...

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11 Ways To Live Like You're In The Country

11 Ways To Live Like You're In The Country

1. Slow down when the chickens cross the road. It’s true, chickens really do cross the road. It happened on the way home from soccer practice the other night.  I slowed down for a Barred Rock, a Silkie and a Rhode Island Red. Their destination?  You guessed...

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Where Do You Get Your Oil Changed?

Where Do You Get Your Oil Changed?

Things I Value: My husband offered to have me leave my car at home for him to do an oil change (although very kind, that’s not the part I value). Since he’s been building a farm table in his shop at home, he wouldn’t be needing his work truck and I could take it into...

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7 Benefits To Back Pain

As many of you know, my life as a fast moving train was derailed last Monday when my back went out.  After a year of no back problems, a year of thinking my change in employment would eliminate the risk of future back injury, it is the truth when I tell you I've been...

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What Does Your Armpit Smell Like?

What Does Your Armpit Smell Like?

LOVE YOUR KIDS"laugh till you pee, search to the depths of your soul and be the kind of mom your kids will appreciate when they're older (because they sure don't now)"Join the Club...You're Not Alone.Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the...

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Why Live In The Country?

We have a new neighbor across the street. No, nobody moved in or out, no moving trucks have been on the scene. But a new miniature horse! Life in the country never ceases for opportunities for amazement and as I sat on the deck this morning, I had another country...

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(Suggested) Addendum To Driver's Manual

There are a few interesting driving techniques that will need to be applied when you take your first trip to my neck of the woods.  I'm not sure if reading this will reduce or increase your stress, but at least you can say you were warned.  And, just in case anyone in...

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Tips to Avoid Ironing

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I hate to iron. No, that’s not the secret. It’s not really common knowledge either, but it’s not the secret. I’ve also gained about 7 pounds, which I can’t quite figure out because I’m eating about the same and exercising a...

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How To Inspire Others

“What do I have to prove?”  My mom asked this rhetorical question in a conversation a couple of days ago about a bike ride she was planning to take.  She and my dad have ridden the CF Ride for years in support of our friends with Cystic Fibrosis, who are now grown up...

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Two Cows and a Car

You can dress me up as a country girl, but it isn't always a sure bet you can take me out.  Case in point, the other night. Here are the facts: I had 20 minutes to get to the feed store before it closed.  I had just found out the chicks were out of food and they were...

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Fence Posts

Fence Posts

It's been over two years since we moved here to 3rd Street in Penrose.  At that time, there were seven fence posts wearing boots, all in a line, marching up the hill after 3rd Street turns to County Road 123 heading west toward Canon City.  As a city girl, I hadn't...

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Antique Preserves

We have a neighbor we've recently come to know; a friendly, toothless, older fellow who parked himself in Penrose back in the 1970's.  He has stopped by briefly in the past, thrice encountering only the woman of the house yet always seeking the man. On his most recent...

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Now That's Cooking With Gas

For all of the cooking years of my life, I have cooked on an electric stove and have become accustomed to both the curly cue and the flat top ranges. In my years of teaching cheesemaking however, any of my students who have gas stoves at home loudly sing the praises...

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